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Six-game hoops card on hand as ISAA Season 15 kicks off October 26

By Ricky Manliguis

Expect bigger and more exciting competition as the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) fires off its 15th season October 26 at the FilOil-EcoOil Centre in San Juan City featuring a six-game schedule.   

Defending three-peat champions La Consolacion College-Manila (LCCM) and runner-ups ICCT Colleges battle separate rivals to open up their campaigns in the annual sporting spectacle with the theme, “Moving On, Stronger Together 2.0” hosted by the Air Link International Aviation College (ALIAC).  

The Blue Royals hopes to start their drive for four straight titles on a winning note against the returning Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC) Blue Hawks at 1:30pm. The Blue Dragons, on the other hand, battle bronze medalist Treston International College (TIC) Golden Lions at 8am.

This year’s hosts Blazing Phoenix, celebrating its 40th founding anniversary this year, take on the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Dragons at the stroke of noon.  

PATTS School of Aeronautics and Saint Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) mark their much-anticipated ISAA comeback at 3pm. The Seahorses return to the league after missing Season 14, while the Red Pikemen are back after last competing in Season 10. 

Philippine Women’s University (PWU) and WCC Aeronautical and Technological College round off the game date with their seniors match-up at 4:30pm.  

In the lone juniors’ division match, LCCM will also begin its quest for a four-peat against the ALIAC Baby Phoenix at 9:30am, a rematch of last season’s final.

Ten teams will be participating in the seniors category, and will play a single round-robin tournament of nine games each. The four teams with the best records will march on into the semifinal round, with the top two holding twice-to-beat advantage. Semifinal survivors will then meet in the best-of-three finals.

Meanwhile, four teams make up the juniors competition, with the two best teams in the double-round robin preliminaries entering the finals, also a best-of-three.   

Other sports to be contested this season are men’s and women’s volleyball as well as minor sports like badminton, table tennis, futsal and chess. Women’s basketball will make its debut this season.

The league earlier welcomed its partnership with Sinag Laya Asya and will feature all games through SLA’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 

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